On Saturday, April 16, Record Store Day will be here with full force, providing a safe place for music lovers everywhere.
Record Store Day is an annual event created as a way to celebrate and spread the word about independent record stores.
This year, several musicians, ranging from The All-American Rejects to Justin Bieber, will be releasing hard-copy records exclusively on Record Store Day.
Below are some tips to ensure you get the most out of RSD, this year! Check out the full list of 2016 RSD offerings here, and make sure to let us know what you’re thinking about purchasing, in the comments section.
Check if your local record store has the vinyl you want
If the record(s) you’re looking for are extremely limited, call your record store a day or two early and ask if they have them in stock. Not all record stores carry all releases, especially releases that are limited to under 1000 copies. Calling a few days before will ensure you don’t waste time searching for a record that isn’t on the shelf. This is particularly helpful when you have to travel more than half an hour to the closest record store, or when you’re only looking for one or two records.
Leave very early. Sometimes traffic gets backed up. Sometimes it doesn’t. It’s just like attending a concert – arriving early will make it easier to get a good spot in line. If you have a good spot in line, you’ll be able to reach the vinyl you want, faster. Vinyl logic! You don’t want to be the person lined up around the block hoping no one finds the store’s only copy of Bring Me The Horizon‘s Live From Maida Vale.
Take a friend
If you’re looking to pick up more than a couple releases this year (we don’t blame you!), take a friend who can help you look around. You know that aggressive friend that is very determined and will do what they have to to get what they need? Take them. They’ll help you scope out that coveted Circa Survive/mewithoutYou split you’ve been dying to get your hands on. Promise them lunch and cool car jams for their company. It’ll make the line go by faster, and will help you get purchase the records you’re looking for.
Remember, it’s the experience that counts
You won’t always get all five records you’re looking for, and that’s okay. Sometimes you’ll only get one. Sometimes you’ll get all five of them, and a few more. Sometimes you won’t get any of the ones you wanted, and a bunch of records you just happened to come across. After all, record store was created as a way to enjoy music and the small, independent record stores that make independent music distribution possible.